Book Watch Archive

Book Watch is I Programmer's listing of new books and is compiled using publishers' publicity material. It is not to be read as a review where we provide an independent assessment. Some, but by no means all, of the books in Book Watch are eventually reviewed.

Click on the title (in blue) for more information on any book.



Data Engineering with Python (Packt)
Monday, 09 November 2020

This book looks at how to tackle challenges commonly faced in different aspects of data engineering. Paul Crickard starts with an introduction to the basics of data engineering, along with the technologies and frameworks required to build data pipelines to work with large datasets. He then looks at how to transform and clean data and perform analytics to get the most out of data.The book also covers how to work with big data of varying complexity and production databases, and build data pipelines.


GameTek (HarperCollins)
Friday, 06 November 2020

This is a book that tackles the big questions of life through the little questions of games. With short chapters on everything from memory games to the Prisoner's Dilemma, to Goedel's theorems, Geoff Engelstein explores the world from a new perspective. If you shuffle a deck of cards what are the odds that the sequence is unique? What is the connection between dice, platonic solids and Newton's theory of gravity? What is more random: a dice tower or a number generator? Can you actually employ a strategy for a game as basic as Rock-Paper-Scissors?


Micro Frontends in Action (Manning)
Wednesday, 04 November 2020

This book shows how to simplify developing frontends by composing them from small, well-defined units. Michael Geers describes the micro frontends approach to designing your web apps as systems of features to benefit from faster feature development, easier upgrades, and the ability to pick and choose the technology you use in your stack. He starts with the core micro frontend design ideas and works through building an e-commerce application, working through practical issues like server-side and client-side composition, routing, and maintaining a consistent look and feel.


Hacking Multifactor Authentication (Wiley)
Monday, 02 November 2020

This book covers over two dozen ways that various mutifactor authentication (MFA) solutions can be hacked, including the methods (and defenses) common to all MFA solutions. Roger A Grimes discusses the various types of MFA solutions, their strengthens and weaknesses, and how to pick the best, most defensible MFA solution for your (or your customers') needs.


Cultural Analytics (MIT Press)
Friday, 30 October 2020

What analytical methods can we bring to bear on the astonishing scale of digital culture--the billions of photographs shared on social media  every day, the hundreds of millions of songs created by twenty million musicians on Soundcloud, the content of four billion Pinterest boards? In this book, Lev Manovich presents concepts and methods for computational analysis of cultural data.


C Programming For Dummies, 2nd Ed (Wiley)
Wednesday, 28 October 2020

This 2nd edition covers everything you need to begin writing programs, going logically through the development cycle from initial design and testing to deployment and live iteration. Dan Gookin covers the do's and don'ts of good clean writing and how to produce the basic―and not-so-basic―building blocks of source code.


SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines (Packt)
Monday, 26 October 2020

This book begins by introducing you to the SQL portfolio in Azure and takes you through SQL Server IaaS scenarios. Authors Joseph D'Antoni et al then go on to explain the factors that you need to consider while choosing an OS for SQL Server in Azure VMs. The authors also explore different VM options and deployment choices for IaaS and understand platform availability, migration tools, and best practices in Azure.


A Human Algorithm: How Artificial Intelligence Is Redefining Who We Are (Counterpoint)
Friday, 23 October 2020

This book examines the impact intelligent technology will have on humanity. International human rights attorney Flynn Coleman argues that it is critical that we instill values, ethics, and morals into our robots, algorithms, and other forms of AI. Equally important, we need to develop and implement laws, policies, and oversight mechanisms to protect us from tech’s potential threats.


Design and Build Great Web APIs (Pragmatic Bookshelf)
Wednesday, 21 October 2020

This book covers the essential skills needed to quickly design, build, and deploy quality web APIs that are robust, reliable, and resilient. Author Mike Amundsen starts from initial design through prototyping and implementation to deployment of mission-critical APIs. The book includes more than a dozen open-source utilities and common programming patterns you can apply right away. It also covers the skills needed to create RESTful HTTP-based APIs


Essential C# 8.0 7th Ed (Addison-Wesley)
Monday, 19 October 2020

This is a no-fluff guide to C# 8.0 for programmers at all levels of experience. Well known author Mark Michaelis presents a tutorial and reference for the entire language. This edition adds discussions of null reference types, indices and ranges, static local functions, and enhanced pattern matching. The book includes key C# 8.0 enhancements, succinct examples to illustrate key constructs, and new coding guidelines for minimizing bugs and writing code thats easier to evolve.


The ABCs of Data Science (Very Young Professionals)
Friday, 16 October 2020

Expose your kids to the world of data! Making the claim "By Real Data Scientists, For Future Data Scientists" author Rikin Mathur follows Data Science Dolphin as she navigates the ABCs to learn about Data Science. Along the way, she meets a few friends such as Analyst Armadillo, Engineer Elephant, and Z-Score Zebra. Together they learn about Histograms, Joint Probability, and even Machine Learning.


Raspberry Pi IoT in C, Second Edition (I/O Press)
Wednesday, 14 October 2020

The Raspberry Pi makes an ideal match for the Internet of Things. But to put it to good use in IoT you need two areas of expertise, electronics and programming and because of the way hardware and software engineering tend to occupy separate niches you may need help with combining the two. This expanded second Edition has been brought up-to-date and focuses mainly on the Pi 4 and the Pi Zero. There is new material on the recently introduced GPIO character driver and using the Pi 4’s additional ports and scheduling.



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